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Estate Vineyard

Entirely grown and selected from our North Block (Dijon cl. 76, 95, 96) planted 2001 and 2002.


The juice was settled and racked to barrel for fermentation and elevage for 16 months in large 500L tight grained predominantly French oak puncheons. Ultimately, the cuvée selected was about 50% new oak with the balance second fill French and Russian wood.

 Tasting Notes

Full bodied with bright citrus and tasty almonds on the nose, on the palate fresh lemon, green apple and toasty vanilla characters with hints of minerality on the finish.

 Food Pairing Suggestions

Try with late summer vegetables such as red peppers, corn, butternut squash and pumpkins, delicious with creamy seafood with butter or cream, like grilled lobster with butter/ lobster bisque or cheese baked oysters. Very cheese friendly try it with cheese has sweet and nutty flavours, like baked brie.

 Critical Acclaim

“Baking spice, caramel and orchard fruit aromas—ripe pear, green apple and yellow peach—abound on the nose. It gathers up more steam on the palate via a complex and concentrated surge of delicious flavours with green apple, Key lime pie and lemon curd decorated with flecks of minerality, piquant spice, caramel and tangy grapefruit. This is medium-full bodied with generous mouthfeel and a fabulous replay of palate flavours on the monumentally long finish and aftertaste.” Score 94 Vic Harradine, winecurrent.ca

“This has rich toastiness as well as bright, expressive lemony fruit. Harmonious with a bit of pear richness and a fine spiciness. Nice detail here.” Score 93 Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com

  “This single-vineyard estate-grown Chardonnay was racked to barrel for fermentation and elevage for 16 months in 500L tight-grained French oak puncheons (50% new with the balance in second fill French and Russian wood). Such personality on the nose with lemon, green apple, tangerine, beautiful limestone minerality and integrated spice notes. It lights up on the palate with wonderful stone fruits and lemon-lime tang all shrouded in a veil of the rich and flinty minerality so prevalent in The County. It finishes fresh and lively with just a hint of oak spice on the tail end.” Score 92 Rick VanSickle, WinesinNiagara.com

 “As a follow-up to the warmth and phenolic heights of 2016 you'll have to imagine a meandering through zig-zagging directions for '17. Despite the ups, downs and ups again this chardonnay has indeed found its way, charming us with insights and how richness ensues. The surety of this fruit and this composure ensures and enriches the great sleeper County chardonnay that continues to explain the concept of cool climate viticulture done right. It's not really all that reductive but it is protective and crafted with indefatigable structure in surround of high quality ingredients. Another winner from Dan Sullivan.” Score 91 Michael Godel, WineAlign.com

 “Just like a walk through an orchard after a sun shower this Chardonnay is gorgeously aromatic with camomile, honeysuckle, golden apple, Forelle pear, and wild flower honey—it’s perfume-worthy and almost too pretty to taste. But you’ll be glad you did because what’s grounding those ethereal aromatics is an elegantly light and cotton-soft texture and the balanced tension of the signature crushed-limestone and bright freshness of the County.”  Michael Di Caro, Vitis.ca



Alc./vol.              12.5%

RS                         3.8 g/L

Cases Produced 475